Last month, the Information Commissioner ruled the CRU had broken Freedom of Information rules by refusing to hand over raw data.
But yesterday Professor Jones - in his first public appearance since the scandal broke - denied manipulating the figures.
Looking pale and clasping his shaking hands in front of him, he told MPs: 'I have obviously written some pretty awful emails.'
He admitted withholding data about global temperatures but said the information was publicly available from American websites.
And he claimed it was not 'standard practice' to release data and computer models so other scientists could check and challenge research.
'I don't think there is anything in those emails that really supports any view that I, or the CRU, have been trying to pervert the peer review process in any way,' he said.
A: Getting data from other sources is NOT the same as getting what Jones & Co. used, so it can be reviewed.
B: Not standard practice? Since when, you corrupt bastard? That's one of THE standards of the scientific method.
C: In those e-mails you and your friends are talking about HOW to damage other people who dare to question, how to prevent them being published in peer-review publications; how the HELL are those things not perverting the process?
Jones, by your own words you have shown yourself a liar and a dirtbag of the first order; your hands ought to be shaking from the guilt you carry and the weight of the lies.